After seven career starts, Jesse V made his first trip to the winner’s circle in style as he captured the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 31. With Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, Jesse V held off all challengers to win by a head and establish a new lifetime mark of 1:57.4 in the process.
Starting from post seven in the field of ten, Macomber Jr. sent Jesse V away from the gate to the front but he would have to work for position as Time To Travel and Jason Dillander also left alertly for early position. Jesse V ranged up to take the lead just past the first station in :28 while Nutravictory benefitted from a pocket trip with Mr Powers and Doug Rideout content to follow along in third.
Jesse V set the tempo of :58.3 and 1:28.2 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, My Uncle Cuz and Don Harmon were the first to apply pressure to the outside while Jesse Stone and Trace Tetrick were well placed second over.
Macomber Jr. asked his mount for more and Jesse V responded gamely with a :29 final quarter to hold off all challenges and find the wire first. Time To Travel rallied nicely for second while Ultimate Encore and Rick Farrington finished third. Sent off at odds of 7-2, Jesse V returned $11.00 to his backers at the betting windows.
Trained by Mark P’Pool, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Louisa’s Victory scored the first win of his young career from eight starts. Owned by F. Baldachino, E. Smith, M. P’Pool, and Northern Lane Farm, Jesse V has now bankrolled $72,600 for his connections.
The stakes action for the evening kicked off with a 28-1 upset by Ideal Jesse and James Yoder in the $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes consolation for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Scoring in 1:58.4, Ideal Jesse got up in the final strides of the mile to notch his second career victory and a new lifetime mark. Owned by James and Jesse Yoder, the son of Jailhouse Jesse-Ideal Secret is trained by Verlin Yoder.
Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 1 with a $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Nothing But Nice and driver Sam Widger used a valiant stretch to get up in the final strides of the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, August 30. The Robert Reeser trained filly was able to overcome a tough, first-over trip to prevail in a tight photo in 1:56 over a sloppy rated track. After playing the bridesmaid in her last two outings, Nothing But Nice made amends this week to notch her second win of the season.
After a break by the post-time favorite Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith behind the gate, John DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate for the front. Naughty III grabbed the early lead through the opening panel in :27.2 but wouldn’t have the lead for long as Dan Shetler Jr. gave Fawn De Savage the green light just before the half in :57.2.
Fawn De Savage continued to call the shots approaching the final turn but would soon be joined on the outside by Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger who were the first to commit to the outer flow, first-over. Nothing But Nice was matching strides with the leader at the third station in 1:27.2 and Naughty III was looming large from the pocket. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire.
Naughty III found late racing room up the passing lane but Fawn De Savage wasn’t giving it up without a fight. Widest of all, Nothing But Nice continued to rally on the outside and used a :28.3 final quarter to find the wire first. Fawn De Savage held on gamely for second place honors while Naughty III rounded out the trifecta. Nothing But Nice returned $8.80 at the betting windows for the slight upset.
“She’s a very consistent filly,” trainer Bobby Reeser noted in the winner’s circle. “Every week she goes out and gives 110%. She may not be able to beat them every week but she’s a nice filly who tries really hard. She’s consistent and goes out and does her job every week. She’s a pleasure to have in the barn.”
The homebred daughter of Abc Garland-Eicarls Theresa has now won two of 14 seasonal outings and established a new lifetime mark with the win. Owned by Risto J. Vidgren, Nothing But Nice has now earned $168,885 while winning four of 23 lifetime outings.
Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 31 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday’s 13-race card will also be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in the opening leg of the pick-5, race 9 on the card.
With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Seventimesavirgin turned in a dominant performance to find the winner’s circle in the featured event of the evening, her split of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday, August 26. Scoring in 1:51.4 over a track rated sloppy, Seventimesavirgin recorded her fifth consecutive win at Hoosier Park and remains undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season.
Driven and trained by John DeLong, Seventimesavirgin grabbed an early spot along the rail in second while Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to get a call through the opening panel in :28.1. DeLong gave his filly the green light down the backside and she ranged up to take the lead just past the half in :56.4. At the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.1, Seventimesavirgin’s looked strong and the front as her lead was ever increasing.
As the field turned for home, Seventimesavirgin began to put her talent on display and pace away from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 final quarter, Seventimesavirgin finished six lengths in front of Dalianna and LeWayne Miller. Shady Caroline and Ricky Macomber Jr. rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Seventimesavirgin returned $2.80 to her backers at the betting windows.
Owned by Jesse DeLong, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Mrs Grant Seven notched her eighth victory of the season from nine starts. Seventimesavirgin has now amassed $239,740 lifetime while winning 13 of 21 lifetime outings.
DeLong also captured the first division of the stakes action for sophomore pacing fillies behind Can’t Touch This for trainer Roger Welch. In a near gate to wire effort, Can’t Touch This dictated fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.1 before kicking home in :27.4 to win in 1:53. Also sent off as the post time favorite, Can’t Touch This returned $5.80 at the betting windows.
Owned by W. DeLong, W.DeLong, D. Riccolo, and J. DeLong, the daughter of Rockin Image-Fox Valley Monika recorded her fifth win from ten seasonal starts. Can’t Touch This has now bankrolled $262,005 lifetime while winning 12 of 26 career outings.
With the victories, Seventimesavirgin and Can’t Touch This earned their spots in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing fillies slated for Friday, September 2 at Hoosier Park. The Indiana Sires Stakes season will culminate with a $200,000 Super Final for each division at Hoosier Park on October 15.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 27 with a 13-race card that will start at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. to prepare for Chicago in concert after live racing. Saturday’s 13-race card will be highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
Air Strike turned in a gritty performance to find the winner’s circle on Thursday, August 25 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Stopping the timer in 1:52.1, the Dylan Fagan trainee made a clean sweep of the third round of the stakes action after an eye catching maiden breaking victory in 1:51.4 in the eliminations last week at Hoosier Park.
A field of ten lined up behind the gate to do battle and a battle it was from the word go. The 6-5 post time favorite Rock N Tony was given his marching orders from driver Trace Tetrick as he left alertly from post nine to get the first call. On The Virg and Eric Goodell also left for early position from post seven but settled along the rail in second while Air Strike and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. protected their rail position and were following along closely in third.
In what would be the first of many lead changes, Air Strike was up to grab command from Rock N Tony just past the half in :55.1. Just as soon as Air Strike settled in on the point, Goodell had On The Virg out and taking aim at the leader. On The Virg was matching strides with Air Strike at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.3 and as the field turned for home, the race appeared to be wide open.
On The Virg looked to be up to the task but Air Strike wasn’t finished. Wrenn Jr. asked his mount for more late in the lane and Air Strike found a :28.2 final quarter to get the win by a head. Dave and Dennis and Tyler Smith employed an impressive late closing burst to get up for second place honors while Meadowbrook Tiger and LeWayne Miller rounded out the trifecta. As the 5-2 second choice, Air Strike returned $7.60 to his backers at the betting windows.
“Well, the trip didn’t work out quite like I thought,” Fagan said after the victory. “He’s a grinder and that’s a great quality to have especially after a busy mile like that. He’s a very nice colt and has done everything right since we’ve had him in the barn.”
Owned by Val D’Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, the son of Always A Virgin-My Best Girl has now won two of five lifetime starts with only one off the board finish. Air Strike has now earned $53,200 lifetime.
Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing will continue on Friday, August 26 with a 14-race card that features two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for the three-year-old pacing fillies. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 24 card with a pair of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals and it was Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who teamed up with trainer Erv Miller to sweep both divisions. It was the third round of five $75,000 preliminary finals offered throughout the stakes season for the freshman fillies.
Hah ChaChaCha made amends for last week’s second place finish in the eliminations to pull the 7-1 upset and score in a new lifetime best of 1:53.3 in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Tetrick made his game winning move down the backside and Hah ChaChaCha did the rest to finish two lengths in front of her next closest competitor.
Leaving from the trailing post ten, Hah ChaChaCha settled along the rail in sixth while Amazing Arya and John DeLong were setting the early tempo. Amazing Arya dictated fractions of :26.4 and :55.2 but Jason Dillander had the heavy post time favorite, Firstup, out and firing.
Firstup grabbed the lead just before the third station in 1:24.3 but her lead would be short-lived as Hah ChaChaCha made a sweeping move to the lead and never looked back. Always Giggling and Andy Shetler staged a determined rally late in the lane but would have to settle for second place honors while Pretty Image and Dale Hiteman were third. Hah ChaChaCha returned $16.80 to her backers at the betting windows.
“She had to work hard tonight off of that trip,” Tetrick noted after the victory. “We made a bridle change after her elimination last week and she responded gamely tonight. There was a head wind and the conditions weren’t ideal but she raced great.”
With the win, the homebred daughter of Always A Virgin-Miss Atm notched her fifth victory from nine lifetime starts. Owned by Shim Racing LLC, Hah ChaChaCha has now bankrolled $73,313 for her connections.
Coming off the victory in the pacing filly final, Miller and Tetrick were holding a hot hand in the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old trotting fillies and Foxy Swan delivered as the 3-5 post time favorite. Foxy Swan solidified her divisional dominance in the two-year-old trotting filly ranks as she scored an easy two length victory and second $75,000 final win on the season.
Driving confidently from the start, Tetrick pulled Foxy Swan just past the half and she maintained a clear advantage all the way to the wire. Stopping the timer in 1:58, Foxy Swan used a :29.2 final quarter to hold off a late charge from Doug Rideout and Ajessia. Donnas Dream and Robert Taylor rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Foxy Swan returned $3.80 at the betting windows.
“She raced great,” Tetrick said. “She got to sit in for a good portion of the trip and was strong all the way to the wire. Erv (Miller) and his team have been doing a great job keeping them sharp all season.”
Owned by the Ervin Miller Stable and Anthony Lombardi, the daughter of Swan For All-Fox Valley Click has now won four of seven lifetime outings. With the win, Foxy Swan sent her seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark as she has now amassed $107,286 lifetime.
The Indiana Sires Stakes action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 25 with the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Three $20,000 eliminations for the three-year-old colt and gelding trotters will also compliment the 14-race card for Thursday.
Live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Story By: Kim French
There was a throbbing energy throughout the Friday (Aug. 12) evening that not only emanated from those in attendance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but from those individuals not present to witness what could very well be the most stellar field ever assembled in the 23-year-old history of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes and certainly no one could possess one ounce of disappointment at the outcome.
Not only did Wiggle It Jiggleit appear defeated in mid-stretch, the defending Horse of the Year, known at times erratic antics off the track, displayed a new dimension in his racing style as he strode up the rail to hand Always B Miki his second consecutive defeat. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, with Montrell Teague in his customary position in the bike, tripped the timer in 1:49.1.
Co-owner George Teague, Jr. concurred the gelding, who is also owned by Teague Racing Partnership and is conditioned by Clyde Francis, has adjusted his behavior throughout the course of 2016 and that attitude adjustment has definitely added another weapon to his already stocked arsenal.
“He is maturing and growing up,” Teague said. “He is really starting to come along. We used to have walk him around and around just to keep him settled down. Now he is more relaxed and takes things as they come. He’s always been an intelligent horse, but the older he gets the more he has calmed down. He’s even better in the winner’s circle now and as long as you keep him checked up, like we did tonight, we even get some pictures of him. This kind of maturity will only improve him.”
As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit was placed on the lead leaving the gate from post position one, with Freaky Feet Pete, who began to pace his mile right next to him, right behind him. Wakizashi Hanover followed his colleagues in third, with the public selection Always B Miki in fourth. The gelding clicked off the contest’s first fraction in a sensible :27.4 and tossed down another comfortable :27.4 quarter before David Miller brushed Always B Miki straight to the lead.
Wiggle It Jiggle was content to sit in the pocket as Trace Tetrick and Freaky Feet Pete were satisfied with remaining in third. As Always B Miki hit the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Tetrick decided he could wait no longer to make a move and gave Freaky Feet Pete enough rein to surge alongside Always B Miki. The hometown hero, however, could not sustain his bid and failed to clear the world champion.
After Always B Miki repelled Freak Feet Pete’s challenge, it appeared the Dan Patch title would be the next revered stake to grace his resume. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Teague, however, were far from finished and coveted that accolade as their own.
Teague angled the gelding in towards the rail and Wiggle It Jiggleit gamely responded to spurt through on the inside and pull away from his rival to best him by a length.
All Bets Off and Shamballa battled behind the top two, with the former pacing a sizzling :25.2 final panel to hit the wire in tandem for third place, as they could not be separated at the wire.
When asked about Wiggle It Jiggleit’s rail journey to victory, Teague explained he was quite confident his horse would respond in tight quarters.
“Wiggle It is a very intelligent horse and we’ve trained out here and a couple other places so he’s used to it,” he said. “It was a definitely a hard trip, but we got the job done.”
The elder Teague acknowledged after post positions were drawn on Tuesday, (Aug. 9) the horse’s connections were very pleased with where their charge would start pacing, but they also have a tremendous amount of respect for the other members of the field, as there were six world champions present and prepared to pace.
“Coming off the rail we were very excited,” George said. “Normally I would tell people (in that position) to just run with it, but we knew we had to make a couple decisions. Every horse in that race could take the trip. Also, Montrell is great with the horse. Sometimes we feel like he knows him better than his owners know him.”
Wiggle It Jiggleit, the joint favorite with Always B Miki at 8-5, paid $5.40 to his backers, while Always B Miki provided $3.80 to show. All Bets Off returned $23.80 for his efforts and Shamballa paid $2.10. The exacta was $17.40 and the trifecta was either $166.00 or $95.60.
Hoosier Park’s Dan Patch Invitational saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $20,000 Guaranteed Superfecta and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-Five for the Dan Patch Stakes race. The bettors came out in full force as the handle increases were felt both on track and through export wagering.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 11, 2016—The best in the sport of harness racing will take to the racetrack at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 12 for the 23rd edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. As part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”, Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside specialty wagers, free t-shirts, giveaways, and interactive, family-friendly entertainment.
In what is undoubtedly the most talented field ever assembled, the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Boasting an increased purse of $325,000 for 2016, The Dan Patch stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race of the season and mark the biggest purse offering in the 23-year history of the race.
With combined career purse earnings over $12 million, the talented field of nine includes six World Champions and six millionaires. Fellow Indiana sired world champions Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and Always B Miki have made up the “Big Three” in the aged pacing ranks this season and will lead the list of Dan Patch entrants. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for Hoosier Park’s signature event is 10:07 p.m. Advanced wagering for the entire card began on Thursday, August 11. Also complimenting the program will be several finals of the Dan Patch overnight series along with the $30,000 Gregg Haston Memorial Invitational. Haston was the leading driver at Hoosier Park for the first two racing seasons before he was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Each year during Dan Patch Night, the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino family remembers Gregg Haston with a special memorial race.
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association.
Starting at 3:00 p.m., the first 1,000 racing fans to visit Club Centaur will receive a free Hoosier Park racing t-shirt. Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes beginning at Club Centaur 2:00 p.m.
As an added bonus, Hoosier Park has invited two local charities, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and The Animal Protection League, to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Each charity will collect any winnings from the bet however, should a winning bet not be placed, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will guarantee a $1,000 donation to each of their deserving causes.
The popular harness racing podcast ‘Post Time with Mike and Mike’ will join in the Dan Patch festivities as they host their first live remote of the season at Hoosier Park on Friday. Those tuning into the Mike and Mike program will hear live interviews, racing coverage, Dan Patch trivia, and more.
The festivities will continue on Saturday with an action packed 13-race card that is set to kick-off at 4:30 p.m. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., racing fans can enjoy the ultimate in entertainment, intense flavors of fiery BBQ, and energizing drinks as part of Hoosier Park’s annual “Thrillyard 200” event located in The Yard.
At the conclusion of live racing on Saturday, country music legends Asleep At The Wheel will perform a free show in the Outdoor Music Center as Hoosier Park continues its’ summer concert series line-up. A free fireworks presentation will culminate the entire evening and will follow the concert starting at approximately 10:30 p.m.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
Story By: Kim French
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 10, 2016—There has been plenty of ink devoted to the Indiana originations of world champions Wiggle It Jiggleit, Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki, but the horse that paced home in front of that trio in last Saturday’s $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship also is indelibly linked to the Hoosier State as Shamballa’s dam resides in Shipshewana at Cornerstone Stock Farm.
Therefore, his performance in this Friday’s (Aug. 12) edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes, his rise to prominence in the sport and his presence in the state’s signature harness racing event also speaks volumes for the extraordinary success of the Indiana program.
Despite competing in Canada for the majority of his career and his first breath not being drawn in Indiana, Shamballa’s connections already had targeted an appearance in the Dan Patch prior to his upset victory at 8-1 on Hambletonian day and his appearance in Anderson is yet another testimonial to the potent force of this sport within the confines of “The Land of the Indians.”
“We were still in the winner’s circle and right away it was announced he was going to the Dan Patch,” said Howard Taylor, who co-owns the horse with Rick Zeron, TAO Racing and Cool Cat Racing. “I was so thrilled with his win, it took me a minute to process. I’m just blessed I have the opportunity to be involved with this horse, so I’m not directly involved with his schedule, but I was shocked Rick would race him again with that kind of turnaround. He has always managed Shamballa very conservatively throughout his career and never really liked to race him back-to-back weeks, but he knows this horse better than anyone and everyone is just excited about him as well as the race.”
Trained by Rick Zeron, Shamballa will commence his journey from post position seven with regular reinsman, Scott Zeron in the bike in the 12th contest on Friday’s card. Although he enters this event fresh off a sublime pacing performance, he is 6-1 on the morning line behind favorite Always B Miki (8-5, post eight), Wiggle It Jigglieit (2-1, post one) and Freaky Feet Pete (5-1, post two).
“Hoosier Park should be an excellent fit for this horse,” Taylor said. “He comes with that one powerful run and the long stretch there should suit him.”
The 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere and the Life Sign mare Bolero Takara, Shamballa is the seventh foal out of his extremely prolific dam. The mare earned $516,153 while competing primarily in Canada during her two-year-career. She was a perfect 11-for-11 as a freshman and capped off that campaign with two victories at The Red Mile. As a sophomore, she was 7-2-2-0 with one of the seconds in the $764,400 Breeders Crown for her age, gait and gender.
Bolero Takara proved just as reliable in the breeding shed. Shamballa has earned the most money ($680,878) from (her 10 offspring, but the gelding’s elder half siblings Bolero Taishi (The Panderosa, $490,4047), Charles (Jenna’s Beach Boy, $563,134), Bolero Tallia (Art’s Conquest, $234,184) and Bolero Andrew (Bettor’s Delight, $291,490) set the standard long before this horse’s hooves ever hit the ground.
She was purchased by Cornerstone Stock Farm in 2011 and has produced two foals for her new owners, the unraced 3-year-old Chest Rockwell (Panspacificflight) and the 2-year-old Takara Rose (Always A Virgin, $5,525).
Unraced at age two, Shamballa was purchased privately as a yearling and began his career with conditioner Fred Grant at Pompano Park. He compiled a record of 11-5-0-0 and banked just over $53,000 in his first season of competition.
In 2014, the gelding entered Rick Zeron’s barn in June of that year when he became the property of his trainer and TAO Racing. Zeron steered and schooled the 4-year-old through a campaign which consisted of seven wins, two second place finishes, two thirds and $86,122 from 15 trips to the post for his new connections.
Last year, Shamballa served notice he was a force to be reckoned with. His seasonal slate was 16-8-3-1 and he collected $286,901 in purse money. He competed primarily in preferred company in Canada but was a swiftly closing second with a blistering final quarter panel of :26.4 in the $513,750 Canadian Pacing Derby to champion State Treasurer and second to that rival again in the $138,500 Dayton Pacing Derby.
While the gelding was enjoying his winter sojourn, Zeron contacted Taylor and offered him a piece of the horse.
“I had horses with Rick and I’ve known him a long time,” Taylor said. “When he asked me if I wanted to buy in on him, I felt fortunate. I had been watching this horse and he has a wicked brush to him. He was as fast as anything out there at the end of the race. You could always count on him to be flying at the end and I knew Rick had taken good care of him.”
Since Taylor became involved with Shamballa, the horse has amassed $272,045, composed a resume of 9-3-2-2 and lowered his lifetime mark to 1:47.1 with his U.S. Pacing Championship triumph. His connections are confident he is a player in the older pacing division, which has been dominated by what everyone in the sport has been referring to as “The Big Three” and the Dan Patch will demonstrate how substantial his bid is for divisional glory.
“I always knew this horse had ability and would demonstrate that,” Taylor said. “Did I think he could pace with those guys? I know he could be competitive because he has that kind of speed. Rick knows the horse, Scott knows how to drive him and they take great care of him. Rick said he was training great going into that race and is still doing very well. If you look at his two races before that he was right there with Always B Miki in the Haughton and in the last race at Mohawk he was locked in. Rick has him ready right now and I think he definitely belongs in the Dan Patch. Honestly, I think at this point you can throw a blanket over him with The Big Three because he’s right there. We just hope things go well for him at Hoosier and he races well.”
The Dan Patch Stakes will highlight the 14-race card on Friday, August 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. As part of a weekend long festival tagged “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”, Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. First post is 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
ANDERSON, Ind.—August 9, 2016—A field of nine will be sent postward in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 12. In what is undoubtedly the most talented field ever assembled, the 23rd installment of Hoosier Park’s signature event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Boasting an increased purse of $325,000 for 2016, The Dan Patch stakes will serve as Indiana’s richest harness race of the season and mark the biggest purse offering in the 23-year history of the race.
With combined career purse earnings over $12 million, the talented field of nine includes six World Champions and six millionaires. Fellow Indiana sired world champions Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit, and Always B Miki have made up the “Big Three” in the aged pacing ranks this season and will lead the list of Dan Patch entrants.
Always B Miki, the number 1 ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, will play the role of morning line favorite in the field of nine at odds of 8-5 from post nine. The five-year-old World Champion pacer will make his tenth seasonal start with regular pilot David Miller in the bike for trainer Jimmy Takter. Takter, who trained the 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner JK Endofanera, will look to be the first trainer to score back to back victories in the Dan Patch Stakes since Nat Varty scored with Ready To Rumble and Pacific Rocket in 1994 and 1995.
2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit will make his way back to Hoosier Park for the first time this season and has drawn the coveted rail position for trainer Clyde Francis. As the richest horse in the field with over $3 million in lifetime purse earnings, Wiggle It Jiggleit has been tabbed 2-1 on the morning line with driver Montrell Teague at the lines. Last season, Wiggle It Jiggleit won 22 of 26 starts for earnings of over $2.2 million en route to being named the United States Horse of the Year. His list of accolades includes victories in the Meadowlands Pace, the Little Brown Jug and the Progress Pace. The four-year-old Indiana-sired gelding set the Hoosier Park track record for three-year-old pacing geldings last year and has won 10 of 16 starts thus far this season.
Hoosier Park’s all-time leading driver, Trace Tetrick, has been enlisted to drive Freaky Feet Pete from post two for trainer Larry Rheinheimer. Freaky Feet Pete, the winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts, is a winner of over $1.4 million in lifetime earnings and has been assigned odds of 5-1.
Also joining the stellar cast of entrants is Shamballa who will start from post seven with Scott Zeron in the bike. Trained by Rick Zeron, the Candaian pacing sensation proved he is a main contender for the 2016 Dan Patch title after pulling the 8-1 upset over “The Big Three” in the $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship for older pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack last week.
The 2016 Dan Patch field, in post-position order with named driver and trainer includes:
- Wiggle It Jiggleit Tr: Clyde Francis Dr: Montrell Teague 2-1
- Freaky Feet Pete Tr: Larry Rheinheimer Dr: Trace Tetrick 5-1
- Wakizashi Hanover Tr: Jo Ann Looney-King Dr: TBA 30-1
- All Bet Off Tr: Ron Burke Dr: Ricky Macomber Jr. 20-1
- Mel Mara Tr: Dylan Davis Dr: Corey Callahan 10-1
- Dealt A Winner Tr: Mark Silva Dr: John DeLong 20-1
- Shamballa Tr: Rick Zeron Dr: Scott Zeron 6-1
- Luck Be Withyou Tr: Chris Oakes Dr: Eric Goodell 20-1
- Always B Miki Tr: Jimmy Takter Dr: David Miller 8-5
Racing fans will have the opportunity to participate in two special wagers offered for the Dan Patch card. A $20,000 Guaranteed Dan Patch Superfecta pool will be available along with a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier-High Five pool on the last race of the program as part of the Strategic Wagering Program. Each wager has a minimum bet of 10 cents and is available through the cooperative efforts of the United States Trotting Association, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and the Indiana Standardbred Association. Five lucky racing fans will also have the opportunity to place a $1,000 win bet on the horse of their choice in the Dan Patch Stakes. Slated as the twelfth race on the card, estimated post time for the Dan Patch Stakes is 10:07 p.m.
The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as “Dan Patch Festival Weekend”. Hoosier Park will showcase some of the most notable names in harness racing alongside special wagers, free fireworks, giveaways, and interactive family-friendly entertainment. In conjunction with free helicopter rides, zip-lining and roaming entertainment on Saturday, legendary country music group, Asleep At The Wheel will perform a free concert in Hoosier Park’s Outdoor Music Center as part of the summer concert series line-up. The entire weekend will be culminated by a free fireworks show.
For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.
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ANDERSON, Ind.—August 4, 2016— Naughty III turned in an impressive performance to take the featured race of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, August 4. Perhaps even more impressive than her 1:54.4 clocking was her driver John DeLong who steered 6 winners on the 14-race program.
Leaving from post seven in a talented field of ten, DeLong sent Naughty III away from the gate firing to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :28. Love To Win and Trevor Smith were well placed in the pocket second while the heavy-favorite Fawn De Savage was away a worrisome sixth in the early stages of the race. Naughty III continued to call the shots through the second split in :57.2 but Andy Shetler had Fireball’s Prayers out and pointed to grab the lead approaching the final turn.
Fireball’s Prayers was still in command at the third station in 1:25.4 but Nothing But Nice and Sam Widger were first-over taking aim at the leader with Ooh La La La and Tyler Smith in tow. Fireball’s Prayer’s was able to put away Nothing But Nice but Naughty III was desperate for racing room. DeLong found the late room he needed up the passing lane and Naughty III used a :28.4 final quarter to find the wire nearly a length in front of Ooh La La La. Nothing But Nice held on gamely to round out the trifecta. Pulling the slight upset, Naughty III returned $8.40 at the betting windows.
Naughty III gives driver John DeLong one of his six winners on the program.
“She raced awesome,” DeLong noted in the winner’s circle. “She’s a really nice filly and everything worked out for us. I didn’t know if I was going to get through but when things opened up, she was game. She raced really big tonight.”
The victory was a new lifetime best for the Melanie Wrenn trainee. Naughty III notched her second victory from six seasonal starts and seventh lifetime victory from 18 outings. The daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Msnaughtybynature has now amassed $206,078 lifetime for her owners, The Kales Company and Wrenn Racing LLC.
The victory was one of six winners on the program for DeLong who won half of the races in which he competed this evening. DeLong found the winner’s circle for the first time on the 14-race card in the opening leg of the pick-4 sequence, race 3, behind Cinderlane Jade for trainer Trent Stohler. DeLong then went on to capture the next three races in the pick-4 sequence with FF Big Show, Siskel, and Starry Skys, respectively. His next victory came after a near gate to wire victory with McKinley Ivy who broke his maiden in 1:56 for trainer Karlee Roach.
“Well I certainly didn’t expect to win six of 12,” DeLong noted with a smile after his victory in the featured race of the evening. “You always want to have a good night but you have to have a little luck and things have to go your way—tonight, they did. All the horses I had to drive raced really well tonight.”
The Wisconsin native started his career at the Illinois fair circuit in 2005 and now at the age of 27 has over $11 million in career purse earnings. Last year, in his first full season at Hoosier Park, DeLong set a career high with over $2.4 million in purse earnings and multiple stakes wins to his credit, nearly doubling his stats from previous years. DeLong is currently second on the leading driver standings at Hoosier Park in 2016 with 170 wins behind Trace Tetrick who leads all drivers with 199 trips to the winner’s circle.
Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, August 5 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 12 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com.